Article by: Andriy Topchiy
The refugees who left Donbas and moved to Russia are frequently disillusioned with their choices. This was stated by the governor of Rostov oblast Vasily Golubev during his meeting with Vladimir Putin, as he emphasized that Ukrainians are leaving the territory of the ‘hospitable’ country is large number.
“For the last two weeks we observed a tendency among the refugees to leave,” the government official says. “At the very peak, there were almost 60 thousand people we allocated in the oblast. Now there are 10 thousand less. These people are accommodated in various places. 42 thousand live with families.”
The summer refugee points are already closed, and for the winter period there are only 4100 bunks available in warm accommodations in Rostov oblast.
It seems that the Russian government is not too happy with the refugees from the country whose citizens it allegedly decided to protect in Donbas. As such, journalists with the Russian TV channel TV-21 made a report on the life of Ukrainian refugees in Murmansk. Starting October 1 they all had to start providing for themselves and leave their temporary accommodations. However, the people stay in residences, as they have nowhere else to go.
However, the current conditions cannot be called comfortable either. For example, there are three families living in one residence room – eight people, two of which are children. “Of course, the facilities are not very good,” says refugee Viktoria Gusak. “They promised to separate the families, but this happened. We are a bit too close for comfort, especially the children. Hysterics happen, crying and so forth.”
“Nobody has money to rent an apartment,” laments migrant Viktoria Neskoroteva. “The thing is, we couldn’t find jobs.”
Similar stories happen in other Russian regions. As such, in Zabaikalsky krai, the refugees even went on protest. “There was a rumor among the refugees that the sanatorium where they were accommodated would close,” reports RIA Novosti. “Allegedly, they were planning to separate families by allocating them to different places.”